Mr. Jones (film)
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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mike Figgis|
|Produced by||Debra Greenfield
|Written by||Eric Roth
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Cinematography||Juan Ruiz Anchía|
|Editing by||Tom Rolf|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Release dates||October 8, 1993|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Mr. Jones (Gere) is a man suffering from bipolar disorder, a disease that affords him periods of intense emotional pleasure and expansiveness but which also results in periods of suicidal depression. In one of his manic periods he jumps up onto the stage during a concert performance of Beethoven's ninth and starts conducting, resulting in his arrest. Libbie (Olin), a doctor at a psychiatric hospital, takes an interest in his condition and falls for him, has sex with him and has to resign from her position.
The film was released to mixed reviews; movie historian Leonard Maltin remarked that "Gere is fine, but his onscreen behavior turns this into The Jester of Tides." Indeed, Gere received praise for his performance as the troubled title character. Many critics noted that the film would've been better if the romance plot was left out, since it appeared forced and contrived. The movie debuted at No.7 at the box office. Mr. Jones holds a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
To prepare for the film, Richard Gere, Mike Figgis and Eric Roth did a tremendous amount of research and studying on bipolar disorder. Gere met with several people who have the disorder to gain insight and knowledge on what to accurately portray. There is a shorter director's cut that Figgis presented at the Munich film festival in 2006.
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